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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Recognizes Employees in Honor of Public Service Recognition Week (Video)

May 02, 2016

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recognizes the men and women who work tirelessly on behalf of America’s businesses, communities and workers. In particular, she thanks all Commerce employees for advancing the “Open for Business Agenda” and for the commitment to building a culture of excellence and responsiveness.  The work done every day by Commerce employees is critical to supporting America’s businesses and workers as they create jobs and prosperity throughout America.  ​

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job

April 30, 2016

In this week's address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves.

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West Wing Week 4/29/16 or, “Let's Have a Conversation”

April 29, 2016

Last week we left you in Saudi Arabia, and this week, the President continued his travels abroad. In London, he met with the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and actors bringing Shakespeare to life. In Germany, he witnessed innovation and technology hard at work at the Hannover Messe Fair. And back in Washington, DC, the President hosted the U.S. Naval Academy football team and celebrated Passover. That's April 22nd to April 28th or, "Let's Have a Conversation."

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Why was this Night Different from All Other Nights: An Eighth and Final Seder in the White House

April 29, 2016

Shabbat Shalom to all!

Yesterday, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the White House Passover Seder. As we say when we read the Passover Haggadah, why was this night different from all other nights?

This night was different from all other nights because, as the President wrote in this year's statement on Passover:

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Singular Love for a Dual System: A Messe Dialogue about German Apprenticeships

April 29, 2016

Guest blog post by David Langdon, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce
Earlier this week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka came together at the Hannover Messe for a panel discussion on how the United States and Germany can collaborate on expanding apprenticeship. Let’s unpack that mouthful of a sentence. Germany and the United States? Education and Commerce? Apprenticeships? How does it add up?

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

April 29, 2016

Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: are you ready? The good news is that schools, organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses across the country are stepping up their disaster preparedness efforts. However, the majority of Americans still aren’t nearly as prepared as they ought to be.

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More than 5.32 Million Records Released

April 29, 2016

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in January 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.32 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Continuing the Conversation on Investment at Hannover Messe

April 29, 2016

The 2016 Hannover Messe was not only an opportunity to showcase the ingenuity and innovation of American products and services, it was also a chance to demonstrate on an international stage why the United States is the world's most competitive investment destination.
More than 90 state and local economic development organizations (EDOs) were on hand to represent locations across the United States where innovation thrives.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker attends 2016 Hannover Messe and Tours the Port of Hamburg

April 29, 2016

On Sunday, April 24, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Germany to kick off the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair.  For the first time since the fair’s inception in 1947, the United States served as the official partner country.

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A Discussion with Ron Brown Scholars: Start Where You Are

April 29, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, I had the privilege of participating in a professional development webinar with college students from across the country who participate in the Ron Brown Scholar Program. The program was developed in honor of the late Commerce Secretary to encourage civic engagement while promoting academic excellence, community and lifelong interactions between scholars and local and national leaders. 

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